A Star Wars film set accident is going to court nearly two years after Harrison Ford sustained serious injuries.
The Han Solo actor was hurt after an incident involving a metal door while filming the Star Wars: The Force Awakens on June 12, 2014.
Health and Safety Executive (HSE) officials confirmed that it is to prosecute Foodles Production (UK) Ltd over the incident on four charges.
Foodles managed the production of the Star Wars movie. The London-based production company will appear before High Wycombe on May 12.
Mr Ford, 73, broke a leg and suffered other injuries on the Buckinghamshire-based Pinewood Studios’ Millennium Falcon set.
Door injury put Ford in hospital
Mr Ford was hurt when the heavy hydraulic door hit him. The HSE maintains Foodles allegedly broke safety and health rules four times and the company has been informed.
An HSE spokesman confirmed the case pertains to filming of the seventh film in the Star Wars movie franchise. He said all companies, whether on movie sets or factory floors, have a duty of ensuring that “reasonable steps” are taken to safeguard staff.
The HSE had decided to prosecute after a thorough investigation, the spokesman added. He says the safety body thinks it has enough proof to take the case before magistrates.
Under safety and health laws, Foodles was responsible for overseeing any dangers arising while the film was being made.
While Mr Ford was airlifted to Oxford’s John Radcliffe Hospital after breaking his leg, filming continued as scheduled.
Source: Health and Safety Executive